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Pre employment checks

Our last blog focused solely on referencing which is of course one of the pre employment checks that companies adopt when recruiting. However, there are other pre employment checks that should form part of any recruitment and selection policies/procedures, including: – The right to work in the UK – this is the standard check that […]

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Referencing   There is general debate in the employment market surrounding referencing. Should we reference check? What information is it actually giving me on the candidate? Surely if my recruitment process is thorough enough and I am confident in the candidate I shouldn’t need to spend time reference checking?   As HR professionals we would […]

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What is the Living Wage?

The living wage is calculated based on the amount an individual needs to earn to cover the basic costs of living according to the Centre for Research in Social Policy at Loughborough University. The Living Wage is currently set at £9.15 an hour for London and £7.85 an hour in the rest of the UK. […]

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Why is Diversity in the Workplace Important?

Diversity is critical in enabling companies to innovate and adapt in a fast-changing environment and is essential in their growth and prosperity.  Diversity brings diversity of perspectives, experiences, cultures, genders, and age to which can in turn breed innovation which is essential for business success. Differences between employees include visible and non-visible factors, for example, […]

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Employment Law Update – 2015

Spring is here and the daffodils are out, well mostly. It’s that time of year again for the legislative changes. The implementation of shared parental leave and pay is by far the most complex change this year but there are a few more statutory changes to look out for in April. Shared parental leave and […]

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National Minimum Wage Changes Announced for 2015

Current NMW rates – £6.50 for workers 21 and over – £5.13 18 – 20 yrs – £3.79 for 16-17 yrs, who are above school leaving age but under 18 – £2.73 for apprentices under 19 or 19 or over who are in the first year of apprenticeship.   New NMW rates from 1 October […]

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Health and Wellbeing at work – activities to encourage healthy lifestyles

Leading on from last week’s introduction into health and wellbeing at work, initiatives and events encouraging healthy lifestyles can have multiple benefits for both your employees and the organisation. Encouraging employees to take part in fundraising – supporting colleagues across the business to work together collaboratively can promote better working relationships and productivity. Encouraging employee […]

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Health & Wellbeing at Work

Employers have a big part to play in looking after the physical health and safety of employees. It shouldn’t be a shock to realise that poor workforce health can have high and far reaching costs. Poor mental health has a significant impact, with around £26 billion lost each year, relating to absenteeism, presenteeism and labour […]

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How can 1-1’s support performance management?

Following on from last weeks introduction into performance management, it’s clear that it is an ongoing and collaborative process between both the employer and employees and is integral in enhancing organisational success through employees. There are a number of tools which can support an organisation, so that line managers and employees gain the most from […]

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Why is Performance Management Important?

Even the thought of performance management can be daunting whether or not you have a performance management process in place. Some employers rely solely on annual performance appraisals and some don’t even mange to get that far. It is difficult at times to manage, particularly with every changing deadlines and busy schedules. So why do […]

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